Sunapee forum will discuss concept plan for music and arts center

Sunapee, N.H. — A concept plan for developing a new music and arts based center in Sunapee Harbor will be discussed at a forum on Thursday, Novemeber 20, at 7 p.m., at the Lake Sunapee Protective Association, Main Street, Sunapee Harbor. The public is invited to attend. The program will include presentations about:
  • the Sunapee Harbor Riverway (founded in 1992 to “preserve and protect” the harbor’s unique character),
  • historical information about the Harbor House Livery (a town-owned property along the riverway), and
  • how this concept plan developed from it creators, The Better Future Alliance (experienced in community-based planning and design).

The forum partners are the Sunapee Harbor Riverway Corporation, the town-appointed Harbor House Livery Committee, and The Better Future Alliance, L3C. Attendees will be invited to share their ideas and suggestions. Light refreshments will be served.

 

Sunapeee CoffeeHouse: Heather Pierson heartfelt soulful music Nov. 7

Heather Pierson,pngSunapee, N.H. — Award-winning pianist and mutli-genre singer/songwriter Heather Pierson will be performing her heartfelt, soulful music at the Sunapee Community CoffeeHouse, at the Sunapee Methodist Church, Lower Main Street, on Friday, November 7, from 7 to 9 p.m.

“There’s a real pureness to her voice as she leads us through intimate corners of her experiences and tells stories with a Joni Mitchell kind of edge . . . it’s as if it’s as second nature as breathing.” – Portland Press Herald

Heather’s performances move seamlessly and effortlessly from one style to the next, from New Orleans-style jazz and blues to rousing Americana and poignant folk narratives. She is now finishing up work on her eighth studio recording, Motherless Child, a collection of inspired originals and renditions of blues and jazz standards that promises to be her best release to date. It’s due for release this November.

Tom Donnelly is the scheduled CoffeeHouse emcee for the evening. Leena Marks (Sunapee Canvas Works) is the local sponsor.

Sunapee Community CoffeeHouse is an all-volunteer effort that provides a community-based concert series for professionals and amateurs wishing to play in a quiet setting with an attentive audience.There is no cover charge, but the CoffeeHouse passes the hat with donations going to the musicians. For directions, performance and volunteer and sponsorship opportunities, visit website www.sunapeecoffeehouse.org.

CFA Micro Gallery shows paintings by Sunapee Artist Susan Parmenter

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“Who Cooks For You” – Barred Owl Portrait by Susan Parmenter, Sunapee, N.H. An exhibit of Susan’s oil paintings and pastels are on display through January 2015 at the CFA micro gallery at Lake Sunapee Bank, Main Street, New London.

Sunapee, N.H. — An exhibition of over 20 original works by Sunapee artist Susan Parmenter is now on display at the Lake Sunapee Bank, at its 321 Main Street branch, in New London. A First Fridays opening reception, with an opportunity to meet the artist, will be held on Gallery Night–Friday, November 7, from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. Light refreshments will be served, and the public is invited to attend.

The Lake Sunapee Bank location is one of several micro galleries in New London affiliated with the Lake Sunapee Region Center For The Arts.

You can view Susan’s paintings at the bank through January 2015 during regular banking hours (Monday – Friday, 9 to 5).

CFA’s November 7 Gallery Night will also feature opening receptions at the New London Inn, ZeroCelius Wealth Studio, CFA’s Member’s Gallery at Whipple Hall, and Marian Graves Gallery at Colby-Sawyer College. CFA invites the public to stroll Main Street, New London, this Friday evening and enjoy an array of inspiring art. Visit the CFA website for more information. View Susan’s website at Susan Parmenter Fine Art.

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On display at the CFA micro gallery at Lake Sunapee Bank, Main Street, New London, is “Sunset Over Mount Sunapee” by Sunapee artist Susan Parmenter.

Sunapee’s Harbor House Livery Hosts Arts & Crafts Show Oct. 12

Sunapee, NH. — The Pop-Up Gallery at the Harbor House Livery on Main Street in Sunapee Harbor Village will host an arts and crafts exhibit and sale on Sunday afternoon, October 12 from noon to 4 p.m. A local non-profit, Project Sunapee, sponsors the annual event to showcase local talent and to share information about the 1890 landmark building. HHL docents will share a video history and plans for its restoration and reuse.

Featured artisans in this year’s show include:

  • Artists who paint on wood, paper, canvas & whimsical sculptures
  • Potters of wheel thrown & hand-built ceramics
  • Purveyors of sweet & savory edibles
  • Designers of wearable art, hand spun wool & fine needlework
  • Sunapee Graniteworks American Beads
For more information, visit www.projectsunapee.org.

Craig Werth to perform at Sunapee CoffeeHouse

CRAIG WERTHSunapee, N.H. — Singer-songwriter-instrumentalist Craig Werth will perform in Sunapee at the Community CoffeeHouse at the Lake Sunapee United Methodist Church, 9 Lower Main Street, on Friday, September 26 at 7 p.m.

Since 2006, Craig has performed and toured internationally appearing in concerts and festivals in Scotland, England, Ireland, Australia and across North America. After touring internationally for five years with multiple Juno award-winning artist David Francey, Craig Werth is singing his own highly acclaimed songs throughout his New England homeland.

His CoffeeHouse performance will likely include a variety of instruments. He often accompanies himself with five or more instruments… guitars, banjo, ukulele, bouzouki and shruti box.

Craig has three solo albums including “The Spokes Man” (2013) that garnered several “top new album of the year” accolades. His song, “The Spokes Man,” pays tribute to a real-life 78-year old retired custodian who rebuilds bicycles and gives them away to bike-less kids in Durham, North Carolina.

The Sunapee Community CoffeeHouse is an all-volunteer, community-based concert series that offers regular performances throughout the year.

The venue is for both professionals and amateurs who wish to play in a quiet setting with an attentive audience. There is no cover charge; the CoffeeHouse passes the hat and all funds collected go to the musicians.

For directions, performance or volunteer info, visit the CoffeeHouse website at: www.sunapeecoffeehouse.org.

Hale Award given to Bill McKibben

Bill McKibben photo by Steve Liptay

Bill McKibben photo by Steve Liptay

Newport, N.H.– The Trustees of the Richards Free Library and the Judges of the Sarah Josepha Hale Award announced that author and environmentalist Bill McKibben is the 2014 Hale Award Medalist.

Bill McKibben is the founder of 350.org, the grassroots climate change movement. A Middlebury College professor, he is the Schumann Distinguished Scholar in Environmental Studies. In 2013 he won the Gandhi Prize and the Thomas Merton Award for his environmental activism. Continue reading

NH Audubon hosts Birds of a Feather: Art by Parmenter and Wiggin

Nest by Susan Parmenter

Birds of a Feather, an exhibit of paintings by Susan Parmenter and Mimi Wiggin, will be on display during July and August at the McLane Audubon Center in Concord, N.H.  Shown here: “Handiwork” (oil on panel) by Susan Parmenter of Sunapee, N.H.

Concord, N.H. — During July and August, the McLane Audubon Center will be hosting Birds of a Feather, an exhibit of beautiful paintings of birds and bird related items. Artists Susan Parmenter of Sunapee and Mimi Wiggin of Warner have teamed up to share some of their pieces that have captured the beauty of fleeting birds in hopes of inspiring others to help protect birds and their habitats.

A public artist’s reception will be held on Thursday, July 10 from 4:30-6:30 p.m.  All are welcome.

To view the exhibit other times, call ahead (603-224-9909) to confirm availability.  The center at 84 Silk Farm Road in Concord is open Monday-Friday from 9:00-5:00 and Saturdays from 10:00-4:00.

A realist painter, Susan Parmenter enjoys painting in both oil and pastel and often sketches outdoors. Favorite subjects include landscape, figure, still life, animals, birds, wildlife and the beauty of nature in general.

Currently, Susan is a member of the High Street Painters in Brattleboro, Vermont, and the Portrait Society of America. She is also a member of NH Audubon, The Nature Conservancy and The American Bird Conservancy. Susan has won many awards participating in a variety of national art events and enjoys teaching.

View a sample of Susan’s work and learn about other upcoming shows at www.susanparmenter.com

Chickadee by Mini Wiggin of Warner, N.H.

Chickadee by Mini Wiggin of Warner, N.H.

Mimi Wiggin paints with oils and is primarily self-taught.  Her work has been displayed throughout New Hampshire and has been featured in Kearsarge Magazine, SooNipi Magazine, The Art & Gallery Guide, and Forest Notes.  Mimi is currently painting backyard birds for a small book to be published in the fall of 2014.

To learn more about Mimi and see samples of her work visit: www.mimiwiggin.com.

Partial proceeds of sales of art that is displayed at NH Audubon goes to support its mission.

To learn more about this show and other programs, festivals and projects call 603-224-9909 or visit the website: www.nhaudubon.org.

 

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